Western Trident begins Reliance 3D shoot

Vol 16, PW 10 (29 Nov 12) News in Brief

Reliance clearly sees potential at its 8600-sq km Cauvery-Palar basin NELP-III block CY-PR-DWN-2001/3.

Despite exceeding its 3D commitment, it has begun shooting an additional 1650-sq km 3D this month (November) using survey vessel Western Trident, owned by Schlumberger subsidiary WesternGeco. Reliance awarded the estimated $19m to $22m seismic acquisition and onboard processing contract in late September.

Panama-flagged Trident reached Chennai on November 7 and on November 12 began shooting 3D, expected to take ten weeks to complete. At the time of bidding, Reliance committed to shoot 2100-lkm 2D and 1020-sq km 3D in addition to drilling eight wells across three phases.

Reliance shot 2500-lkm 2D and 2700-sq km 3D in 2006-07; followed by 1402-sq km 3D in 2009-10. It drilled one well in 2010-11 and another in 2011-12.

Well Dhirubhai 53 is a gas discovery. Reliance (70%) shares CY-PR-DWN-2001/3 with BP (30%).